Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Coaching

The Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Coaching is accredited by the Association for Coaching and brings together professional coaching practice and academic research. 

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Reasons to study the Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Coaching at De Montfort University:

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Coaching has been awarded Accredited Certificate in Coach Training status by the Association for Coaching. This programme has been designed by bringing together the best in professional coaching practice, academic research and incorporating experienced coaching practitioners’ own insights. The outcome for you is a programme of learning that gives you the opportunity to become both confident and competent in your area of professional organisational coaching practice. You will be supported to achieve your postgraduate certificate award and receive student membership to the Association for Coaching.  

Not only will you have the opportunity to enhance your professional skills, you will also be embarking on an extremely rewarding personal development journey as you participate in insightful and thought provoking coaching sessions on your programme. This is a valuable opportunity to explore and release your full potential.

This course also provides the required level of supervision for applying for Foundation Executive Coach level with the Association for Coaching.

You will benefit from: 

  • Studying on a course that has been awarded Accredited Certificate in Coach Training status by the Association for Coaching.  
  • A part-time course consisting of 3 interactive 4 day workshops
  • Content delivered by experienced coaching professionals
  • Networking and continuing professional development opportunities 
  • Study at a TEF Gold rated University  

The PG Certificate in Professional Coaching is a part-time professional coaching qualification that is designed with professionals in mind to empower success in the demanding 21st century. The course will provide an opportunity for participants to be introduced to, analyse, and critically reflect upon the many different coaching approaches, tools and interventions, that are used in the modern day organisational environment as well as the opportunity to build the required coaching hours, complete written submissions and receive support towards gaining accreditation by the Association for Coaching*.

Underpinned and informed by research in the coaching profession, the programme team is comprised of experienced practitioners with professional coaching and commercial backgrounds. The skill and knowledge base of the team allows connections to be made with practical applications and ‘real world’ problems.

Optional extras

This course includes student membership of the Association for Coaching but does not include your individual professional accreditation fees. You can apply for individual accreditation at an additional cost, dependent on the type of accreditation you require. Details of accreditation types and associated costs can be found on the Association of Coaching - Accreditation website.

*Costs for completing the accreditation options by the Association for Coaching are not included in the course fees.

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Programme code:
N61272 (May)
N61273 (November)

Start dates: September 2019 and March 2020

September 2019: 10 months (part-time)
March 2020: 10 months (part-time)

Location of study: Leicester Castle Business School

Fees and funding: 
2019/20 Entry £6,450

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

Contact us: For more information contact course tutor Lucy Mullins at

Twitter: @leicscastlebs

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Programme code:
N61272 (May)
N61273 (November)

Start dates: September 2019 and March 2020

September 2019: 10 months (part-time)
March 2020: 10 months (part-time)

Fees and funding: 
2019/20 Entry £6,450

Find out more about course fees and available funding

Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

How to apply: All students can apply to study at DMU directly using the DMU Online Portal.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Twitter: @leicscastlebs

Entry criteria

Option 1

Hold an undergraduate degree in any subject with a minimum pass of 2:2 and are currently employed in an HR/Learning & Development/Organisational Development function or leadership/ managerial/consultancy or related role.

Option 2

Have a minimum of 5 years subject relevant experience in an organisational setting and can demonstrate the ability to work at postgraduate level.

English Language requirements

Applicants are required to have gained an IELTS score of 7.5 


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Teaching contact hours


Module 1: Coaching Fundamentals

The first module focuses on developing coaching skills and techniques, using models to support practice, and discusses ethical and professional issues. We will look at coaching mind-set, relationships and setting an effective coaching environment. There is a strong focus on developing skills and so a portfolio of evidence including critical self-reflection and analysis is a core component of this part of the course. 

Learning outcomes

  • Introduce and critically discuss the key skills and frameworks used in coaching
  • Critically apply the theory of coaching to the practice of a coach
  • Place coaching in the context of learning and development and critically discuss the underlying influences and perspectives (both empirical and theoretical)
  • Critique the main models of coaching and the principal skills required to be an effective coach
  • Understand how to utilise a coaching approach to enhance self-awareness
  • Develop a coaching mind-set

Module 2: Coaching Exploration and Discovery

This module explores human psychology and its relevance to coaching.  It will cover psychological approaches to coaching, personality theory and neuroscience.  We will also explore creative coaching interventions to elicit further self-discovery.  This module addresses the impact of change, stress and the importance of resilience, and explores the attributes of different coaching approaches.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the importance of human psychology to coaching outcomes
  • Discover impediments to change and how to overcome these in coaching
  • Critically review and evaluate alternative coaching approaches, e.g. Gestalt, Somatic and Systems Coaching
  • Explore creative coaching interventions and discuss their application to coaching
  • Analyse and reflect on the impact of coaching to develop resilience in a complex and changing environment

Module 3: Organisational Coaching

This module covers the potential organisational applications of coaching and developing as a professional coach. It covers developing a coaching practice, which includes contracting, ethics, boundaries, stakeholder management and ROI/ROE.  The focus of this module is on the realities and integration of coaching in action.  Additionally it covers professional accreditation and continued professional development. 

Learning outcomes

  • Critically discuss organisational applications of coaching, e.g. leadership, team and group coaching
  • Consider the potential multiple impacts of developing coaching relationships including contracting and stakeholder management
  • Understand and apply the use of psychometrics and 360 degree feedback in a coaching context
  • Discuss ethical and boundary issues from both a theoretical and practical perspective
  • Review the importance and relevance of professional accreditation, CPD and supervision
  • Apply and integrate the skills, tools and techniques of professional coaching 

Teaching and assessments

This module employs a range of teaching and learning strategies to optimise learning. We will utilise a coaching style and through this questioning approach, students will start to develop key coaching skills. The material will be delivered over 3 x 4-day workshops combining tutor led input with student centred interactive activities, including experiential learning, personal reflection, group discussion and peer coaching. Guest speakers will be incorporated to enhance the learning experience, along with optional evening activities.

Outside of the module students' self-study will be supported by:

  • Comprehensive Blackboard site: course materials, discussions, networking, self-tests, virtual classrooms
  • Textbook readings
  • Skills practice and application
  • Completion of a learning journal and reflection on coaching practice

The assessments for the course will be as follows:

  • Client Case Study (1000 words)
  • Critical Evaluation of Approaches to Transformational Coaching (2000 words)
  • Personal Coaching Approach (1000 words)
  • Critical Analysis And Evaluation Of Effective Organisational Coaching Practice (2000 words)
  • Live Coaching Assessment (1 hour) 

Teaching contact hours

Our teaching takes place over three periods with each period consisting of four consecutive days.

These will be:

November 2018 start
Module 1: 29 Nov - 2 December 2018
Module 2: 24-27 January 2019
Module 3: 21-24 March 2019

September 2019 start
Module 1: 19-22 September 2019
Module 2: 14-17 November 2019
Module 3: 30 Jan – 2 Feb 2020

March 2019 start

Module 1: 19-22 March 2020
Module 2: 7-10 May 2020
Module 3: 9-12 July 2020

There will be coursework and coaching practice required after each module.

Facilities and features

Leicester Castle

The programme is based in the Great Hall of what was once Leicester Castle. Originally built in approximately 1150, and then extensively rebuilt in approximately 1523, the Great Hall has recently undergone a restoration project. Based in Leicester’s historical Castle Quarter adjacent to the university, the Great Hall provides a prestigious and inspirational setting for students who have the passion and talent to change the business world. 

Students will also be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million. Facilities include break-out spaces for group work; quiet study zones for individual work, high-spec IT labs and a café. Learning will be supported by access to DMU’s excellent facilities.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

Learning Zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.


Graduate careers

We recognise that a significant majority of students on the programme will already be employed in demanding leadership and managerial roles. The Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Coaching may assist you in introducing and developing a coaching culture into your teams, departments and organisations. Equally, it will also provide a platform for you to progress towards other roles in your organisation, new places of employment or in establishing your own business. Importantly, the programme is intended to facilitate self-awareness and the development of capabilities and skills which will help participants thrive throughout their career journey.

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